The majority of the catches over the last week consisted of edibles as Shark anglers found themselves spending long hours on the beach with very little success.

Rock n Surf:

Kosi Bay
Early in the week before the big seas rolled through, Kosi saw some good catches of edible fish on the high tide. Reported catches included Stumpnose, Kob, Shad and plenty of Wave Garrick. The lakes have still managed to keep anglers busy with fair sized Grunter and King Fish. There have been a few smashes on the surface in the lakes, which have sent Mullet and other small bait fish flying in every direction. When this happens, make sure to keep a rod and reel ready to throw plugs or poppers to try hook into one of these Kingfish which are hunting bait. Rattler stick baits and poppers will do the trick.

Cape Vidal – Cape Vidal has been producing dozens of undersized Shad recently, with the odd Kingie coming out on smaller spoons in the bay whilst spinning for Shad. Pro Jet spoons and Spanyid maniac spoons have been working well, skipped fast along the surface. Live mullet has also caught the odd Kingie.

Richards Bay – Very good catches of Grunter, Salmon and Garrick have been reported from the Richards Bay area over the last week, North Coast angler, Dave Pereira caught an awesome Garrick of 16.2 kg on ultra- light 4kg Triple Fish line using a live Shad as bait, it was hooked at 6:15 and took 25 minutes to land. Unfortunately this fish could not be released because of the lengthy fight as well as it was gut hooked. Apparently this fish is 1kg shy of the SA record of 17.6kg caught in 1976. These fish have showed no sign of slowing down and with the weather expected over the next week,  anglers should consider staying within the bay for safety, and hopefully land a few of these hungry Garrick.

Ballito – One of the only hot-spots for inedibles over the last week, Ballito has certainly been at the top of the list for spots on the North Coast for species such as Grey Sharks and Brown Skates.  These came out mainly earlier on in the week in the flat seas but remained on the bite at intervals during the rough seas. Other edibles were slower to bite but good Bronze Bream and Stumpnose were landed throughout the days on Chokka baits and Prawn baits.

Virginia – Anglers had good success throughout last week fishing for Shad on bait, with a decent amount of larger Shad being caught towards the end of the week on live baits and larger Sardine baits. The odd Brown Skate found its way to shore but nothing else as far as reports indicate.

Blue Lagoon – Anglers spinning off the beach had fun with juvenile Kingies on McArthy drop shot and also small spoons during the week. A few Shad have also been landed from the beach on bait and some smaller specimen on spoons.

Durban – Durban beaches fished relatively well throughout the week with the exception of the stretch of beach from North Pier to Ushaka which seems to be very silted up with a black sludge which sticks to the fishing line and guides. Fishing has come to a standstill but after the big seas predicted mid-week, the sea should be back to normal and fishing well again by the weekend. Sherwen Naidoo landed four Brusher at Twini Beach on  Saturday the 27th using Crab as bait, that’s great fishing, well done.


Toti– Much of the same from the previous weeks, Toti has produced Shad, Garrick and Blue Rays throughout the week. Brown Skates have been on and off the bite bit have been making good size. Red Eye or Mackerel cutlets have been doing the trick.

Umkomaas – Grunter and Kob have been caught on a fairly regular basis throughout the week, with good numbers of Yellow Fin Kingies in the mix too.  Most anglers have opted for medium sized Chokka baits but a few also took to the water with McArthy Paddle tails and managed some nice Kob and also some Kingies. There is a large concentration of small Shad on the South bank which is probably the cause for the high numbers of game fish in the area.

Scottborough – There have been a variety of fish being caught off the point, including some very big Kingies, Garrick and also Sandies. Along with these, anglers have seen Blue Skates, Brown Skates and many Grey Sharks. Definitely the place to visit soon!

Port Shepstone – Plenty of Garrick on live baits in the Port Shepstone area last week along with many Kob whichever been caught on Rattlers, Rapala magnums and McArthy Paddle tails.  These fish need to be targeted in the white water if anglers are fishing during the day, as the cleaner less oxygenated water holds very few fish. At night time the fish tend to venture out of this area but it is absolutely necessary to fit your baits with rattles to assist in the location of your bait.

Margate – Hundreds of Shad along the Margate stretch recently, slowly dying off in the rough seas. Bronze Bream have made a huge appearance over the last week and anglers who managed to fish on Saturday caught some lovely size Bronzies. Small Kob and Garrick have been caught throughout the day but prefer the morning sessions. A Garrick of 15kg’s was caught on Sunday which is a great fish.

Port St John’s – Still plenty of Kob and Garrick being caught on paddle tails.  Kob have also been smashing Chokka baits during the evenings, close to ledges in the white water.  There has been no shortage of Shad which helps out with a decent bait for Garrick too. With the sea increasing in size over the next week, anglers may find themselves in the rivers and estuaries in this area as well. Standard running traces with 0,40mm hook snooting and a Mustad Chinu size 2 or 4 will suit a sand Prawn bait perfectly for these areas.

Harbour – Durban harbour has seen few anglers recently but the few anglers to set out have caught some very nice fish. Decent size Grunter and Stumpnose have been landed near the E7 buoy throughout the week. Be sure to take interest in the Durban Light Tackle Boat Sand Gurnard Fishing Competition which is being held on the 30th of November in Durban harbour. Cost is R200 per angler and the competition is from 8am till 12pm. The competition is strictly artificial lures and is sure to be a lot of fun. Head down to The Kingfisher for entry forms.

Ski Boat:
North – Sodwana has been the most productive spot up north recently, with reports of Yellow fin Tuna and quite a few Kingies on popper too. There have been a few issues with Sharks in the area so be sure to fish with decent tackle and strong hooks to prevent tackle failure. Mustad Big Gun hooks are perfect for hook replacements on all sizes of poppers and stick baits. Cape Vidal and St Lucia have both had fairly decent weeks fishing. The main species being targeted has been Snoek which were caught on Strike Pro Magic minnows and small spoons towards the beginning of the week. Most of the fish have been smaller with the exception of one or two fish over 5kgs.

Local – Umhlanga and Blue Lagoon saw a fair number of anglers targeting Snoek. Smaller fish were landed in the afternoon sessions and the slightly larger fish have been caught at first light on strip baits.  With the Snoek being smaller, the best hook will be a 4/0 Mustad 34007ss for the ultimate hookup.   The bottom fishing off Durban has just got better and better by the day. Excellent catches of bottom fish of all sorts have been taken from all local spots off Durban, including some very nice Daga Salmon. With big seas on their way, anglers will have to take the next few days to make up some traces and stock up on tackle.

South – The South Coast stretch has produced a few Prodigal Son over the last week, as a by catch whilst targeting Tuna. Although these are a difficult fish to specifically target, they have been known to prefer a live Mozzie down rigged in between 10m and 40m.  Rattlers and other diving lures will also get a bite on a good day.  The Tuna that have been caught are not the largest but there have been good numbers and the odd Wahoo between them. Bottom fishing has been productive throughout the week and there has been a surprising amount of huge Slinger around.

Fresh water:
Carp – Anglers at Shongweni have done well over the last week and have managed to land quality fish. Groups of anglers who have fished the dam wall area, traveling by boat managed to land some very nice Carp on conventional tackle.  Caramel or FX was their flavour of choice, rigged on a Mustad Carp hook on a Fresh Water Sport Rietvlei trace using Supercast ground feed. Inanda fished well towards the end of the week, when two fish over 10kgs were landed towards the back of Barbel Bay on 18mm boilies. Camp site fishermen used conventional tackle on light setups and managed some excellent light tackle catches up to 8kgs. Albert Falls had very few anglers with the exception of the day visitors who managed a few fish between 2kgs and 7kgs.

Bass – Albert Falls has had quite a few anglers recently and the catch rate is increasing by the day. Anglers using paddle tail flukes and big brush hogs caught some very nice fish towards the Ridge whilst bouncing their lures weightless around the trees.  Mustad weighted hooks were also used in the deeper water with much success.  Frogs have worked well in the back of Kyalami Bay and up near the river mouth. Strike King Spinner baits have also produced the goods all over the dam. Inanda had a bit of a quiet patch as anglers struggled to catch large fish over the last week. Many smaller fish were caught in the shallows on finesse worms and baby brush hogs. Shongweni saw two fish over 2kgs being landed close to the dam wall on crank baits by the same angler in one morning. There have not been many other reports as far as quantity of fish goes.

Trout – Anglers around KZN have found themselves landing decent fish in most of our waters, with the streams in particular fishing very well. The wind has played a role in which dams are fishable but most anglers fishing streams and rivers have been able to hide from the wind easily. Small nymph patterns and DDD’s have done very well for anglers, landing a few Scalies and Yellowfish in between.

PETRI DE WET’s Hier Gaan Ons Alweer fishing show is back to kykNET, channel 144. This series runs for the next three months, the primer is at 17.30 on Mondays, with re runs during the week. The first show, this Monday the 6th, is catching Tiger Fish (the cover of this month’s Stywe Lyne) and Bream with Daiwa Laguna rods and reels. The new series has been filmed in HD so should be great. Also, check out ASFN on Monday evening, this is a great fishing show that is aired weekly on DSTV. It premiers on Mondays, Super Sport 8, channel 208, 19:30 to 20:00.

Please send any info about fishing, fish caught or competitions in your area to or fax 031- 368 4007 and for the latest KZN fishing news presented by O.J., tune into East Coast Radio at 5.40am Monday – Friday.

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